We went to Hong Kong for our kids. Our last vacation was to Siem Reap where we toured countless temples. It was not exactly the most kid-friendly trip, so we decided to make Spring Break all about them (almost).
Hong Kong is an expensive city, but there is a ton to do with young kids. There are beautifully maintained parks complete with aviaries in every neighborhood, several high quality museums, Disneyland, and lots of trains to ride on. There are other theme parks that we didn't have time to do too. It truly is a great city to bring children. We felt like the city was very child friendly in general. People smiled at the boys, there were special place on the trains for strollers, and there is play equipment in all the parks.
I think our boys would have been perfectly content just trying out all the different modes of transportation, but it made it even more fun to have something to do at the end of each line. We went to Disneyland on Tuesday, the science museum and Kowloon Park on Wednesday, hiking on Thursday, and Hong Kong Park and Victoria Peak on Saturday. It was an incredible busy week, but the boys had a great time.
Owen is currently doing a unit of inquiry on transportation. I was excited to take him to a huge city with a bunch of different transportation options. We made sure to use every form of transportation we could find: the MTR, the double decker buses, the mini buses, the double decker trams, the ferry, and taxis. So many choices!
We didn't forget about Oliver of course, whenever possible we choose the orange vehicle. Orange buses, orange train stations, orange double decker trams, and so on. Oliver's favorite mode of transportation was definitely the MTR from the main line to Disneyland. The train was decked out in Disney statues and the windows and hanging handles were all shaped like Mickey Mouse.
We spend one full morning hiking on the Hong Kong Trail. One part of the trail was called Dragon's Back and took us on top of the Hong Kong hills where we could see a full 360˚ view of Hong Kong island and the beautiful blue ocean surrounding it. It was breathtakingly beautiful but a bit more of a hike that we had anticipated. We had read that it takes about an hour to do, but it turns out that the guide book meant that it took an hour to get to the start of the Dragon's Back part of the trail. We spent nearly 3.5 hours hiking. I am very proud to say that Owen was quite a trooper and managed to hike nearly the entire way on his own. Oliver spent most of the hike asleep on my back in his Boba Air carrier.
Our first full day in Hong Kong was spent at Disneyland. Oliver had been talking for months about giving Mickey Mouse a high-five, so Disneyland was at the top of our to-do list. After taking several trains from our hotel on the opposite side of Hong Kong, we arrived at the station for the Disney land express. Disney had it's own line on the MTR straight to the park that was decked out in Mickey Mouse. The handle were shaped like Mickey's face as where the windows. Oliver was overjoyed! He kept gasping with amazement.
It took a bit to get our tickets and get through the main gate, but once we were inside, the our boys were consumed by the magic of Disney. Mickey and Minnie where in the gazebo near the entrance greeting guests, so (even though there was a ridiculous line) we got waited to see Mickey first thing. It took well over an hour before we got to the front of the queue, but in the meantime, we had spotted several other characters on there way to greet guests as well.
Here you will find the collection of blog entries about our trip to Hong Kong in March 2014.